"From mowing edge above the house of Goddard's farm looking toward Buckland village and the mountains of Town Farm Hill. Made a smaller painting and a chalk drawing of the same subject. A painting exhibition. Sent to decorate dining room at the Myles Standish Hotel in Boston where they think so much of it they have kept it for a number of years (writing 1941). Except for occasional times, I have taken it away for exhibition, the last time in Jan., 1941, for an exhibition of Prize Paintings staged in New York by the Grand Central Art Galleries."
"The only photograph I send of one of my very large canvases, a 40 x 50. Very dramatic in whites and grays and violets. This canvas was awarded the gold medal of honor at the Boston Tercentenary Exhibition of N. E. Paintings held at Horticultural Hall a few years ago. It has hung for some time in the dining room of the Myles Standish Hotel on Beacon Street where they beg to let it remain, but I can obtain it anytime I wish. This canvas has 'nearly' sold a dozen times but not quite. I have no idea you might wish such a large canvas but I send it as a matter of interest."
"He won the gold medal awarded by the Boston tercentenary art show for New England Drama, which shows a group of farm buildings on a hillside almost buried under snow."
"...Center of the main wall is the stately NEW ENGLAND DRAMA, a snowscape that is dramatic indeed; snowbound but not desolate. For there's sun on the snowy roofs of a farmhouse and its barns rambling along a mountain slope. A curl of smoke from a diminutive red chimney rising toward the cold sky suggests life and warmth within--a masterly canvas. And one is not surprised to note the brass plate which proclaims a gold medal, won at the Boston Tercentenary..."
".....a sturdy well-fixed little farm house under a huddle of fluent hills, is epical and stirring."
"Many Bostonians admired his New England Drama when it was shown at the Boston Tercentenary Fine Arts Exhibition. It shows a substantial country home, with its rambling sheds and barns zigzagging across the foreground beyond a winter-stripped apple tree. There is no feeling of desolation, or even of isolation, as the friendly hills lift their snow-covered and tree- patterned shoulders beyond and around the farm buildings, as though they were protecting the occupants from the less peaceful world. This canvas is a Snow-Bound in oil: it is as characteristically New England as Whittier's classic poem. There is uplift and strength in this painting. Possibly it is the artist's training as an engineer (Editor's Note: research has revealed that RSW was not trained as an engineer) which enables him to capture the massiveness and ruggedness of the uplifted earth, but it is a pleasing forcefulness revealed in the glacial-smoothed bones of the earth; rhythmic structures that contrast with the angularity of the rambling farmhouse. One seeing New England Drama feels that he would like to return to the chore-life of the country, to split wood in the backyard, and to feel the frost bite his face."
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